[vc_row][vc_column][trx_quote cite=”#” title=”Mandy Green”]If you feel like the amount of emails that you have in your inbox is out of control, this is where I would start.[/trx_quote][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Manage the Email You Already Have

If you feel like the amount of emails that you have in your inbox is out of control, this is where I would start.


Declare email bankruptcy and start over. It’s time to do something major to get back on track. I just had to let go. I knew that I was too far behind to catch up. I had to set a side my good intentions and just get rid of all the messages on which I probably wasn’t going to act on.


Delete seems too stressful for some people


Create a folder


Open your email program. Once you do this, immediately go offline. You need to turn off the faucet, so you can drain the tub. Email bankruptcy won’t take long-perhaps thirty minutes, but you can’t do it if you are constantly being pinged with new messages.


Open your email program and create a new folder


Go to your email inbox and select all you might alternately choose all email older than 20-60-90 days old


Drag those emails from your inbox into your new folder


Is this the email equivalent of covering your ears and signing loudly? Not really. You still need to deal with all the emails in your folder, but your giving yourself a fresh start and wiping the slate clean, so that you can stay on top of your responsibilities going forward.
This might be the first time in months, or even years, that you have seen your inbox empty so take a few moments to enjoy it. The first time you clean out your inbox will feel quite liberating. It is a very rejuvenating experience for most people, so take a moment to enjoy it.
Virus-Funny thing, the first time my email inbox was at zero I got a virus. I was stressed and felt lost for a few days, but it was almost a relief. It felt great to not have all of those emails weighing me down.
Finally, like financial bankruptcy, you can’t declare email bankruptcy very often. It is an emergency procedure for dire circumstances.